Writing Place is a one-week residency for regional writers and performance makers aged between 18 and 26 living outside Australia’s largest cities (Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra).
Writing Place has been established in response to consultation with young people and teachers from regional South Australia who expressed concern over the lack of scripts for teenagers that reflect the lives and circumstances of regional young people here and now. The little new work that does exist for teenagers in Australia tends to by written by or focussed on metropolitan and East Coast experiences. There is a need for performance work that reflects the landscape, attitudes and experiences of regional Australia.
During the week-long residency each participant will generate and refine a short monologue or scene able to be performed by teenage performers. After the residency half of the scripts generated will then be selected for a hardcopy publication available to schools and youth theatres in 2020.
Writing Place is a joint project of Country Arts SA, Carclew and Australian Theatre for Young People and is supported by the Regional Arts Fund Strategic Initiatives.
Cost: With thanks to the Regional Arts Fund Strategic Initiative, the cost to participate has been subsidised. Successful applicants will need to contribute a $450 participation fee. There is no cost to apply. The organisers have endeavoured to keep the participant contribution as low as possible as they know cost can be a barrier, however participant contributions are a vital piece of the puzzle to deliver this project. Successful applicants are encouraged to seek local sponsorship to cover their participation fee and any additional support required.
The combined participation cost, including participant fee covers:
- Return flights to Adelaide
- Return travel Adelaide to Whyalla by bus (the road trip itself is part of the program activity)
- Dorm-style accommodation and meals for the entirety of the program in Whyalla
- One week of mentorship, workshops, masterclasses and inspiration from three leading Australian playwrights
Applications close Monday 1 July 2019.
For more information, and to apply online, head to the Carclew website.